Breast Lift in Dallas, TX with Dr. Bryan Armijo
Though every part of the body changes over time, breasts go through more transitional stages than perhaps any other. During puberty, pregnancy, breastfeeding, and menopause, the breasts can grow—and shrink—by multiple cup sizes. Weight gain and loss also significantly affect the breasts due to the high amount of fatty tissue they contain. Gradually, this repeated expansion and contraction creates loose skin, making the breasts flat and oblong. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Bryan Armijo offers breast lift surgery (medically known as mastopexy) in Dallas and the surrounding areas to reverse these unwanted changes and help patients regain their confidence.
As a leading breast surgeon at the prestigious Dallas Plastic Surgery Institute, Dr. Armijo has extensive experience performing both reconstructive and aesthetic breast surgery. His in-depth knowledge of breast anatomy allows him to create a youthful breast shape with minimal scarring.
About Breast Lift Surgery
The process of breast lift surgery involves the removal of excess skin and the remodeling of existing breast tissue to sculpt youthful contours. After you have a breast lift, your breasts will be rounder and firmer; they will also sit higher on your chest.
Some patients choose this cosmetic surgery to correct breast asymmetry or make their areola smaller, as these surgical processes can easily be incorporated into a mastopexy. When you visit Dr. Armijo for a consultation, he’ll listen to any concerns you have about the shape, size, or position of your breasts to recommend a personalized treatment plan.
Unlike breast augmentation, a breast lift won’t increase the size of your breasts with breast implants. After your operation, your breasts may appear slightly smaller than they were before surgery due to the removal of excess skin. However, some women report that their breasts seem fuller after a lift because they no longer look deflated. If you want to restore breast volume that was lost after breastfeeding or menopause, you can combine your breast lift with breast augmentation surgery, in which breast implants will be included with your breast lift.
Who Makes a Good Candidate for Breast Lift Surgery?
You may be a good candidate for a lift if you have noticed any of the following changes:
- Breasts have become flatter on top or oblong in shape
- Nipples point downwards rather than straight ahead
- Areolas have become stretched over time and now look too large for your breasts
- One breast sits lower than the other
To safely have breast lift surgery, you’ll need to meet certain criteria. Breast lift candidates must be non-smokers in good overall health; Dr. Armijo requires that all his cosmetic surgery patients give up smoking at least three weeks before and after surgery. Taking this step is vital, as active smoking limits the amount of oxygen available in the blood, impeding healing and increasing the patient’s risk of complications. Dr. Armijo may also ask you to stop using certain medications, like blood thinners, several weeks before your surgery.
Recovering from a Breast Lift
Six weeks before you have surgery, Dr. Armijo will provide you with a surgery packet containing everything you need to recover comfortably, including prescriptions for pain medication, aftercare instructions, and other documentation. You’ll also receive a call a week before your surgery to review your surgical plan, and Dr. Armijo will visit you personally on the day of your breast lift surgery. During this visit, he’ll answer any last minute questions you may have and put your mind at ease.
You’ll be able to go home within a few hours after your breast lift procedure. Make sure you arrange to have someone drive you home and look after you for a few days while you rest.
At first, your breasts will be swollen and bruised, but these side-effects should abate after one to two weeks. For the first two weeks after your surgery, you should rest and avoid bending, stretching, and lifting motions as much as possible. After two weeks, you’ll be able to return to work, but you’ll need to wait an additional two to four weeks before you can resume exercise and heavy lifting. Dr. Armijo will schedule regular follow-up visits to gauge your progress and let you know when it’s okay to return to your normal routine.
How Long do the Results of a Breast Lift Last?
With proper post-operative care, the results of a breast lift can last up to ten years, depending on the age and lifestyle of the patient. To ensure that the results of your breast lift aren’t compromised, you should consider the following before you have surgery:
The breast growth experienced during pregnancy can stretch the skin and therefore cause the breasts to sag, even after mastopexy. Generally, we recommend waiting until you’re done having children before you have breast lift surgery. However, if you do decide to have more children, you can pursue revision surgery to regain your previous results.
Eating a healthy diet and maintaining a stable weight can help to prevent fluctuations in breast size. Avoiding smoking and excess sun exposure will also preserve the results of your breast lift. Smoking and UV radiation break down collagen in the skin, making it weaker and more susceptible to stretching and sagging.
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Arrange a Breast Lift Consultation in Dallas, Texas with Dr. Bryan Armijo
Feeling comfortable in your skin is invaluable. If your confidence has been adversely affected by the way your body changed after pregnancy, fluctuations in weight and/or menopause, a breast lift can help. To learn more about this procedure, contact board-certified Dallas plastic surgeon Dr. Bryan Armijo by phone at (214) 540-1434 to arrange your consultation. Dr. Armijo and his team of caring, compassionate staff will be happy to answer your questions and help you prepare for a new chapter in your life.
Breast Lift FAQs
Can I Get a Breast Lift at the Same Time as Implants?
Most certainly. Many women experience the most satisfactory results when they get both breast implants and a breast lift. This combined surgery simultaneously changes the position of the breasts on the chest and enhances their size and shape.
What Other Procedures Can I Add to a Breast Lift?
Many patients, instead of wanting larger breasts, often want smaller breasts, but positioned higher on their chests. In instances such as these, a breast reduction with a breast lift offers the best possible combination of procedures to provide the desired aesthetic for a breast lift in Dallas, TX.
Will I Experience a Change in Breast and Nipple Sensation?
Breast lift procedures generally will not change the sensation of the nipples and breasts. That’s because a breast lift involves removing excess skin above the breasts and repositioning them, without going near the nipples and areolas.
Will Insurance Cover a Breast Lift?
Generally, insurance will not cover the cost of a breast lift in Dallas. Insurers typically only cover what they deem as essential surgeries – those that are vital for patient health and well-being. While breast lifts enhance a patient’s self-esteem, confidence, and physical appearance, insurers will normally not cover the breast lift procedure on the grounds that it is non-essential.
Is it possible to breastfeed after a breast lift?
You can breastfeed after a breast lift if your nipple remains attached to the underlying breast tissue. Occasionally, in breast lifts that involve removing significant excess skin, Dr. Armijo may need to remove your nipples and replace them as grafts. If you want to retain your ability to breastfeed, speak to Dr. Armijo about your goals during your private consultation.
Should I wait until after pregnancy to get a breast lift?
Pregnancy can significantly change your breast size and shape, so we recommend delaying this surgery if you hope to become pregnant. Otherwise, you may find you need a revision to realign your appearance with your aesthetic ideal.
What questions should I ask my surgeon before a breast lift?
There are no wrong questions to ask at your breast lift consultation. We want you to be confident about improving your appearance with plastic surgery. For example, be specific with Dr. Armijo about your breast size and shape goals. You may also ask to see before-and-after pictures of previous patients with a similar body type as yours.
Can I combine breast lift and areola reduction in one surgery?
Dr. Armijo can easily make your areolas smaller while performing your mastopexy.
will a breast lift without implants make my breasts look smaller or larger?
A breast lift changes your breast shape and position, but not size. If you’d like your breasts to be smaller, you can add a reduction to your lift.